Aug
16
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Craigs Bday

This week we celebrated a few very awesome birthdays around the office – both Craig & Christin (our Owners) and mine! (I will let you figure out whose was the most important. I will not get into that debate.) Above is the end result of the fun we had trashing…errr…,I mean decorating with love, Craig’s office. There were even racks of inventory that showed up in his office…yes, that is the randomness of this place! It is never a dull moment around here when it comes to celebrating birthdays and partying.

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Well, sometimes the celebrations are not as enjoyable for us.  Especially when we have team members moving on to their next stage in life.  This week we had two team members depart from CK – Kyle, from our Sales Account Management team, and Jonathan from our Shipping team.  Kyle is moving off to Florida to hang out with Mickey Mouse and play on the beaches. Jonathan is going back to school full time. Here are a few pics of their send offs:

Kyle Going Away

Jimenez Going Away

We wish both of them the best of luck.  And as always

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Jul
26
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Beard Off 2013

Well, we wrapped up our little CK Beard Off this week at the office.  A few weeks back we posted the starting pictures in our AWIR blog. It was a close battle, but at the end of the day Geoff  ended up taking the top prize! (a.k.a. he got to keep his beard!) The “Best Looking” beard went to Brian  (bottom pic).  Those of us with lighter colored hair did not fair well at all (pity party = over). At the end of the day we all felt the wrath of Geoff and his win, including Brian. From top to bottom, Jeremy ended up with just a plain ol’ creep mustache. Jason ended up with an “honest Abe” beard (We felt like he got off the easiest). Next up is me, I got the Fu Manchu mustache.  Then there was Brian…he got the big mutton chops.  Fun was had by all, and our faces are all returning to normal now. (Thank goodness!)

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Megan and Corey

This week we would like to congratulate Megan and Corey on their new positions in the CK office.  Megan moved from our Inside Sales/Customer Service team over to our Purchasing team to become an Equipment Buyer.  Corey moved from our Shipping team to our

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Jul
12
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CK Beard Off
It’s an old fashion beard off around the CK office. Awesome, right? Yes, this may be an attempt by some of the guys around here to exert their manliness, but it is all in good fun, right? Facial hair is always a topic of discussion and held in high regards around the office, even to the point to where Geoff and Brian from our Product Management department cried a bit when they shaved their beards off for the contest. The contest will last two weeks and prizes will be awarded to the longest beard and the best looking. The clean-shavin’ crew above are the ones participating this time around – from top-left – Me, Jason S., Brian, Jeremy, and Geoff (center). Trust me when I say it has been a true competition, even to the point of where Brian and Geoff were researching vitamins to take to help their beards grow faster. Be on the lookout for a blog soon with the winners and pics of the losers and their new beards afterwards.

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Rod

This week we added another Shipping Expert into the craziness of the CK office and warehouse. But wait… there is more to this normal looking (yeah, I know that is a stretch!) guy. He has a secret identity! (Actually two of

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Jul
11
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Ok, I will admit it, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to gaming.  Now, I might not be as hardcore as some people, but I still spend more time than I probably should playing my PS3. Right now my obsessions are Injustice, The Walking Dead, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. But enough about me, on to the topic at hand…

A couple of months back the epic battle of the ages began between the Sony Corporation and Microsoft with the official release of pre-orders for the new PS4 and Xbox One. Which both of these left the Wii curled up in the fetal position in the corner sucking it’s thumb. It was humorous to watch the rabid fans of each unit “dis” the intelligence of the other one. For the sake of keeping the balance of the multitudes, I will not state my personal opinion on which one is better, even though I am a tried and true PlayStation fan and believe that they have the best system out there, but that’s besides the point.  I will remain completely out of the argument…for now… (well, maybe)

The debate has seemed to heat up again as pre-orders continue to roll in more and more for each console.  The rest of us lonely souls, who do not want to pre-order, will have to wait for the ambiguous “holiday season” to get ours.  (Which the unofficial PS4 release date of November 13th was supposedly leaked out.) In the meantime, lets breakdown some of the major specs, besides the nifty new designs, on each of the units and then I will let you make up your mind. One of the biggest differences was the sharing capabilities – PS4 allows game sharing, Xbox One originally did not plan to. On June 19,2013, at the E3 Conference, Microsoft announced that it would be reversing its “always online” and game sharing restriction. Before this decision PlayStation released this great ad to assist those who did not understand the PS4′s stance on game sharing and to poke fun at the new Xbox:

 

Now this is not an all inclusive list, but a

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Jun
28
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Baby Caroline Collage

Two weeks ago today was a VERY special day for us in the CK family!  Our Founders, Craig and Christin, celebrated the birth of their little baby girl, Caroline!  This week we are able to publicly celebrate with them!  Little Caroline came into the world 7 weeks early (born at 33 weeks, 2 days), weighing in at 2lbs, 15oz and 14 3/4 in.  Baby, mom and dad are doing wonderful and adjusting to their new life adventure very well!  We join with Craig and Christin in praising God for this miracle and look forward to watching her grow up around the craziness of the CK office! (We know, the pictures are so cute, right?)

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Leslie Collage

This week we said goodbye to Leslie, one of our expert Broker reps.  A few of us around the office honored her with a “Runaway .5k Race” (Yes, a .5k!) and a homemade, potluck barbecue lunch.  Leslie is an avid runner so we thought it would be a fitting way to say goodbye to her and wish her luck on her new adventure.  It was a day filled with

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Jun
20
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

This is part 1 of a series devoted to the most asked questions about Ethernet cabling and accessories. If you have a question that you would like answered or addressed, please leave a comment below or feel free to contact one of our Awesome CK team members either by Live Chat or Email. Now on to the FAQ’s!

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What are the differences between Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A Cables?

While a Cat5E Ethernet Cable is currently sufficient for most needs, it is predicted that Cat6 and Cat6A will take over in the future. Cat6 cables simply offer better performance.

Cat5E gives an available bandwidth of up to 350MHz, whereas Cat6 almost doubles that – with an available bandwidth of up to 550MHz. Cat6 is designed specifically for Gigabit Ethernet specifications. While most systems are not capable of running such speeds, many organizations are choosing to prepare for future needs by going with Cat6 cables.

Cat6 can run much faster speeds than Cat5E, and Cat6A only improves upon those abilities. Cat6 also benefits from improved insertion loss, return loss and several other improvements over the older Cat5E design.

Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A Ethernet Cables can all run about 300 feet reliably.

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What is the difference between stranded, solid cable, and plenum rated cables?

Cat 5E, 6 and 6a can all be purchased in stranded or

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Jun
19
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

CablesAndKits is excited to announce that they are now part of the Google Trusted Stores Program!

The positive shopping experience at CablesAndKits is being recognized via inclusion in the Google Trusted Stores Program. With the Google Trusted Store badge, this pre-owned Cisco equipment seller will be able to show potential customers their proven track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service.

Google Trusted Stores is a badge for an e-commerce site which gives users background on merchants — whatever their size — including ratings for on-time shipping and customer service.

CK Google Trusted Store Badge

As a Google Trusted Store, CablesAndKits customers now have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then, if a problem arises with

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Jun
14
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Jeremy's BirthdayThis week we celebrated the birthday of our amazingly talented, and a little bit crazy, Design Coordinator, Jeremy.  He is a little bit of a supper hero/comics and Lego buff, so we decorated his work area appropriately with Avengers, Spiderman,  Batman decor, and about a gallon of confetti.  The best way to imagine what it actually looked and felt like would be to think of a 6 year old boy’s birthday party. (Which is appropriate for him!) Also, he was not looking forward to turning 32 so much that we skipped it for him and went straight to 33.

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CK Boxes

I thought this was a cool shot that one of the guys captured this week back in our warehouse area.  All of the nice, new CK logo’ed boxes all lined up to go to their new homes.  And we

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May
31
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

Haynie Baby Shower

This week we celebrated the future heir to the CablesAndKits kingdom (or craziness whichever you prefer) by having a baby shower for our owners, Craig and Christin.  Baby Haynie will be arriving very soon, so we had to make sure she had plenty of goodies to start life off the right way.  It was an awesome party with some amazing  food, and they got some really cool gifts.  We are all looking forward to meeting the little lady when she arrives into this world!

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Shipment to OK

This week we sent off the first shipment of items and supplies to Journey Church in Oklahoma for the relief efforts.  Tony, one of our Shipping department extraordinaires,  jumped right in to help organize and pack the boxes for us.If you remember, last week, we talked about

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May
23
2013
Written by: Jason Gazaway

With broken hearts, we are all aware of the devastation that has taken place in Oklahoma. The pictures and videos that we have all seen on the news will stay with us for a long time. Many of us have cried over the children and others whose lives were lost, and we have rejoiced over the stories of true miracles that have taken place.

At CablesAndKits, one of our core values is to ‘Serve Others”. We feel this is a prime opportunity to serve the people and communities affected by this tragic event, and at the same time share the love of Christ with them.  The families that are affected by this disaster have immediate physical needs and we want to help. We also need to keep them in mind and in prayer as they continue to recover and work through all of the emotions during this time.

CablesAndKits is joining with Journey Church, a local church in the area affected, to help serve the communities that have been destroyed by the tornadoes. In speaking with the church, their immediate needs are both money and supplies. CK and staff are going to help and we want to get the word out to all of you so you know the ways in which you can help also.

Two of our awesome team members, Denisia and Jordan, are spearheading this initiative and have been working very hard to get everything set up here at the office.  We are making our office available as a collection site for others in the community and surrounding areas that want to contribute supplies.  We are planning several

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